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McKeown's Valley walking track

Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about McKeown's Valley walking track.

Track grading

Grade 3

Learn more about the grading system Features of this track
  • Time

    1hr 30min - 2hrs

  • Quality of markings

    Clearly sign posted

  • Gradient

    Gentle hills

  • Distance

    2.6km return

  • Steps

    Many steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track, some obstacles

  • Experience required

    Some bushwalking experience recommended

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    McKeown Valley walking track is in Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve. To get there from Sydney:

    • Take M4 Motorway, then Great Western Highway over Blue Mountains to Hartley
    • Turn off after Hartley onto Jenolan Caves Road
    • It’s around 45 minutes' drive from here to Jenolan Caves.

    Park entry points

    Road access and closures

    Jenolan Caves is located at the bottom of a steep valley.

    • The main road to Sydney is closed to uphill (departing) traffic 11.45am to 1.15pm to give more road room for incoming coaches.
    • During this 11.45 to 1.15pm period, leave Jenolan Caves via Edith Road to Oberon. This steeper, narrower road is fully sealed and open 24hrs a day.
    • Sealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • 2WD vehicles

    Weather restrictions

    • All weather

    Parking

    • Parking is available at any of the 3 main carparks at Jenolan Caves. It can be a busy place on the weekend, so parking might be limited.
    • Designated disabled parking spots can be found next to the Guides Office and behind Caves House.
    • Bus parking is also available.

    Facilities

    The nearest toilet facilities are located at the Jenolan Caves ticket and information office.

    Drinking water is not available in this area so you'll need to bring your own supply.

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    Bushwalking safety

    If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

    Prohibited

    Pets

    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    McKeown's Valley walking track

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    Park info

    McKeown Valley walking track winds through forested valley at Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve. Photo: Jenolan Caves Trust/DPIE